Some psalms are called wisdom psalms because they make a case for the primary importance of wisdom or instruct readers in dealing with questions, issues, and doubts that arise in life (see Pss 1, 14, 25, 34, 37, 39, 49, 73, 78, 90, 91, 111, 112, 127, 128, 131, 133, 139). Many other psalms contain elements of wisdom teaching (see Pss 18, 27, 31, 32, 40, 62, 92, 94, 107, 144, 146). (New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible Notes) Psalms Continue reading Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life
Sometimes it’s hard to trust anybody. It’s hard to trust your immediate family. It’s hard to trust your work. It’s hard to trust government. The reason it’s hard to trust is because we know we’re not trustworthy. If we can’t even trust ourselves, how can we trust anybody else? In times like these, you need someone you can trust. Someone who has your best interests in mind. Someone who has never let you down. And, someone who won’t ever leave Continue reading 10 Psalms of trust in God’s goodness and care for his people
There are 2 paradoxes of weakness: God’s strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness. The more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we lean on Jesus Christ for our strength. And, the more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we let him change us to be stronger. But, when we think we are strong enough by ourselves that we don’t need Jesus Christ — there is no paradox of self-deceived strength — that is Continue reading The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)
Is demon oppression real? Are demons and evil spirits real? Yes, the Bible clearly speaks about demons and evil spirits. It gives many accounts of demon oppression. This is different than demon possession, which cannot happen to a Christian. But, demon oppression is very real and can happen to anyone at any time. Here are several Biblical accounts of satanic demon oppression than can happen to a Christian. Sometimes bad things happen to us as a result of our bad Continue reading What about demon oppression?
Is demon possession real? Are evil spirits real? Yes, the Bible clearly speaks about demons and evil spirits. During this kind of possession, demons and evil spirits can actually control a person, which is much worse than demon oppression. The Bible warns it will get worse as the end times approach. But, a better question is, can Christians be possessed by demons and evil spirits? Many Bible scholars and commentators believe demons are powerful angels who joined Satan in his Continue reading What about demon possession and evil spirits?
To be a trusted counselor, you have to do more than come alongside a counselee and spout vague generalizations and empty platitudes. You must meet them where they are — like the LORD God walking with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day — like Jesus manifest in the flesh to break the power of sin and death — because they cannot come to where you are. First, you must understand their pain, their fear, and their darkness. Continue reading Becoming a trusted counselor
Solomon instructed his son not to turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the left He was the wisest man who ever lived, so he knew about life. He had explored it from the center and both sides (Ecclesiastes 1:2-2:26). He recognized that the right and the left were futility and vexation of spirit. At the end, he pled with anyone who would listen not to turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the Continue reading Do not turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the left
I was sitting out on the porch with my wife not long ago watching the rain and enjoying the natural beauty of nature, much of which she had added by her gardening knowledge and special touch. Many times, we’ve enjoyed our mornings together this way, drinking coffee and sharing thoughts. Twelve years ago hundreds of our trees were majorly damaged by a downdraft tornado, completely destroying the beauty that God and my wife had given to our little backyard getaway. But over time, with Continue reading Imagine a place where fellowship grows
1) Prayers are hindered by lack of love All the virtue that is saving, and that distinguishes true Christians from others, is summed up in Christian love. When that love is missing or corrupted, then our prayers are hindered. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38) Continue reading 10 Ways Prayers are Hindered (#5 is Shocking)
Here are 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving. This is a critically important subject. Forgiven people should be forgiving people. When you really understand God’s love, you will be able to forgive others because of his forgiveness. If you can’t forgive others, your prayers will be hindered. Please read and meditate on these verses… Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? (Genesis 18:24) And the Lord Continue reading 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving